Cultism in Nigeria may be managed and controlled using several measures, which include addressing the physical, psychological and social needs of children at home, incorporating education on cultism in higher education courses and setting rules and regulations to impose penalties for acts of cultism. Cultism is considered a social crime, and often results in serious injury or death to other humans or animals. Although it poses a risk to members of society and is particularly problematic among Nigerian colleges and universities, there are several methods and techniques that may help prevent the spread of cultism.
Cultism in Nigeria is similar to initiation rituals such as hazing in the United States. While hazing primarily involves testing candidates to determine whether or not they can become part of a certain social group or sports team, acts of cultism stem from religious beliefs. Although members of cults may not ascribe to any particular religion, they generally have faith in certain religious figures, and adopt religious rites and rituals into their activities. Some cults are larger and more established than others and pose a risk to a larger segment of the population. Others exist as secret clubs and organizations. Cults in Nigeria are typically comprised of men, and cults may fight with each other to achieve respect.